If you didn’t already know, Representative John Boehner has announced that he will step down as speaker of the house on October 30. As such, many of the quasi-moderates on the left see a more rightwing aligned republican party as one that is unwilling to negotiate with the democrats. My issue is that the modern left’s definition of compromise is capitulating to the demands of the left. Take an issue like abortion and planned parenthood funding for example. The “extremes” argue either no abortion at all or free, safe, on-demand abortion. The moderate position used to be abortion only in the case of rape, incest or the mother’s health and no partial birth abortion. However that has now become a rightwing position to many. However I’m willing to give the benefit of the doubt. In what areas are people on the left willing to compromise? Not necessarily “giving it up” but rather granting a concession to the other side.
Affordable Care Act
-Extreme position: repeal the act
-Moderate concession: Force politicians (congress and executive agents) to fully participate in the act as well.
-Moderate concession: Don’t force people to pay for things they don’t want or need.
-Extreme position: Ban all abortion, defund PP
-Moderate concession: Abortion only in the case of rape, incest or mother’s health
-Moderate concession: Incentivize and expedite adoption, refocus planned parenthood’s efforts.
Religious Liberty (in light of same sex marriage)
-Extreme position: Reverse the supreme court’s decision
-Super Extreme position: Reestablish sodomy laws
-Moderate concession: Don’t force businesses to participate in a ceremony that would compromise their beliefs.